Originally posted on Metstradamus  |  Last updated 4/27/13
Baxter. Tejada. Murphy, Wright. Duda. Buck. Davis. Valdespin. Gee. Marinated in Lefty/Righty goodness, this was probably the first lineup that I can remember that received close to universal praise on Twitter. If you're around Met fans a lot these days, you know that we don't universally praise anything. This lineup though was universally praised and anticipated before the game. Gigli was also highly anticipated. Sadly, I don't think tonight's Met lineup would have fared any better if Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck were the corner outfielders. And they couldn't have been much worse in the field either. Remember when the Phillies wore the all maroon uniforms in 1979 for one game and then burned them? Yeah, this lineup should be burned. All lineup cards should be burned. I want no proof that this lineup ever existed. Three lousy hits off Kyle Kendrick? Since when did he become Hyun-Jin Ryu? This lineup might have been crafted with good intentions, but never again do I want to see it. Even if there's just one simple change to it ... I don't care what it is ... this exact lineup must never see the light of day ever again. (Maybe the lineup was written wrong because the Mets actually thought Davis was Buck.) To continue with that theme, Dillon Gee must never see the sixth inning again. In 2012, his ERA in the sixth inning: 7.53. His career ERA in the sixth going into Friday was 7.98. And it's going up after a four run Phillie sixth inning, which included Ryan Howard's fourth home run in 12 at bats against Gee, doomed him to the depths of hell. So while the Dillon Gee that can't get out of the third inning has seemingly retired (though it might be one of those "Brett Favre retirements"), the Dillon Gee that can't get out of the sixth inning without being hammered has made a Michael Jordan type return (the Bulls comeback, not the ridiculous Wizards stint). Maybe it was because SNY showed highlights of the brawl between Roger McDowell and Gregg Jefferies in that half inning. Glorious stuff ... I was at that game and I'm pretty sure this was the first time I had ever seen a clip of that fight since that night. It was weird because you want to cheer for Jefferies, but this was Roger McDowell. Think about the Carlos Quentin vs. Zack Greinke fight. Even in the digital age with Twitter, you could piece together what that was about, but you weren't sure. We didn't need Twitter in 1989 to know that this fight between two former teammates was personal. And everybody looked at each other and just smiled and said "wow". Because the curtain was peeled back for everybody to see and we were gleeful to watch it unfold. I was not gleeful watching the sixth inning unfold. I was not gleeful watching this entire game turn into Kyle Kendrick makes the Mets sit, stay, and roll over. I would have rather watched The Adventures of Pluto Nash. Or the Butt Fumble on a loop for 12 hours. But here's the McDowell vs. Jefferies fight for posterity:
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